Stellantis announced in March that it would launch a small, handsome, electric Jeep in the market in 2023, and a so-called photo of the prototype model under the guise appeared online.
The granular, black and white photo that Autoblog noticed, posted on the Autoparri forum on May 30, shows a car that looks like a rendering of the idea shared by Stalantis when it first announced the upcoming electric Jeep.
With wide headlights, sharp side mirrors, boxy overall proportions, and a steeply racked windshield of concept, from which we can see the rendering was quite accurate. That said, the photo is still quite grainy and the details of the car are hidden, so the design is difficult to analyze very deeply. The photo is encouraging, though, because the crossover was well-liked for its handsome form when it was first shown.
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Although Stellantis did not name the vehicle, it was understood that the EVT was being referred to internally as “Jeep Junior” or Project 516. Now, though, MoperInsider has claimed, citing unnamed sources, that the car will revive the Zipster name.
Most speculate that the new crossover will be based on the e-CMP electric vehicle platform because the STLA smaller platform, Stalantis’ upcoming EV-only architecture, will not be ready in time for this project.
This means that this zip will probably share its underpinning with Peugeot e208 and Opel Corsa e. Both are only good for front-wheel-drive and Peugeot 225 miles (362 km). The platform is also capable of incorporating internal combustion engines, making possible a plug-in hybrid version of this crossover.
Jeep is expected to start production of new electric vehicles in the fourth quarter of this year at Stellantis’ plant in Taichi, Poland.